Gov. Scott: Jacksonville Added 16,800 Jobs Over the Year

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Jacksonville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) gained 16,800 new jobs over the year in February 2015. The Jacksonville MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 0.9 percentage point over the year, from 6.5 percent in February 2014 to 5.6 percent in February 2015. Florida businesses have added more than 807,000 private-sector jobs since December 2010.

Governor Scott said, “The Jacksonville metro area’s gain of 16,800 new jobs over the year is evidence that our pro-growth policies are working to help businesses create jobs. Statewide, more than 807,000 jobs have been created and we will continue to work to make Florida the global destination for jobs.”

The industries with the largest job gains over the year were trade, transportation, and utilities with 4,500 new jobs, leisure and hospitality with 4,000 new jobs, and education and health services with 3,100 new jobs. Nine of the ten major industry sectors gained jobs over the year in February 2015. In February 2015, the Jacksonville MSA had 20,819 online job openings and had 5,019 online openings for high wage, high skill science technology engineering math (STEM) jobs.

Florida created 14,900 private-sector jobs in February 2015, and a total of 807,100 private-sector jobs since December 2010. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for February 2015 was 5.6 percent. In February, more than 35,900 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Central Florida, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards.

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